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Japanese Government (MEXT) Graduate/Research Student Scholarship Program

Important Dates

National Application Deadline (Application Period): 
Friday, June 7, 2019


Open to: 
Graduate students
Graduating students
Recent graduates/Alumni
Eligibility requirements: 

Only U.S. citizens who live in Northern California and Nevada are eligible to apply through this consulate. U.S. citizens residing in other states should apply to the Japanese consulate responsible for their state. 

  • Applicants must hold US citizenship. (Applicants who hold Japanese nationality at the time of application are not eligible.)
  • Applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1985.
  • Applicants must be a university graduate (at the time of participation on the program) or have completed 16 years of school education (See "QUALIFICATIONS AND CONDITION" on the Application Guidelines for more details.)
  • Applicants should be able to arrive in Japan between April 1st and April 7th 2019 or within two weeks of the date set by the receiving university for the beginning of the semester (in principle in September or October.)
  • Applicants must apply in the field that he/she currently studies or previously studied at the university level.


Application Process: 

All applications submitted by Friday, June 8, 2018, 5:00pm will be screened.


The Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program does not have a campus process. The national deadline is in early June.

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Additional Information


Additional Information for this scholarship can be found here:

Amount Awarded: 
143,000yen (Research Students (non-regular students), 144,000yen (regular students in Master’s courses or professional graduate courses), or 145,000yen (regular students in doctoral courses) per month.

Japanese Government (MEXT) Graduate/Research Student Scholarship Program

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to international students (including U.S. students) who wish to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities as research students (either non-degree or degree students) under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program. The aim is to foster human resources that will become bridges of friendship between the grantee’s country and Japan through study in Japan and will contribute to the development of both countries and the wider world.

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